Gateley has recruited its first trainee in its Leeds office.
The firm opened in the city in 2012 with a corporate recovery team and has been gradually growing the office since. It has now taken on one of its first paralegals, Martin Barnes, as a trainee. He is currently undertaking his first seat, in the corporate department.
A spokesperson for the firm told Lawyer 2B: ”Our Leeds office opened in 2012, and has tripled in size since then. As the practice has developed so has the need for a trainee to join the office, with our first joining in 2015. We expect that we will continue to recruit trainees for our Leeds office, but this number will be reviewed in line with all of our trainee numbers and we anticipate that it will increase as the office grows.”
Gateley reviews trainee numbers on an annual basis. It currently has 12 first-years trainees and 14 second year trainees, and has recruited 16 graduates to start in 2016. The firm’s spokesperson said: “In addition, we are supporting a number of our staff in gaining qualification to become a solicitor via the alternative route to qualification which was recently approved by the SRA.”
“Generally across our offices we are seeing a greater demand for paralegals, but as of yet we do not have a specific growth programme in place.”
Gateley made national headlines this summer when it became the first UK law firm to float on the London Stock Exchange.